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Language, History & Culture Majors


The skills honed while studying for a degree in English are exactly the skills that nearly all employers require in their new employees: the ability to read critically, think analytically and write clearly. In an information society, valuable workers are those who can read, understand and explain information to others. These skills are at the core of what you learn in English studies at Grand View. Our majors have the opportunity to select a concentration in literature, teaching or writing with faculty who bring passion and knowledge to the learning experience.

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Courses and Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

  • First Year Composition
  • Interpretation of Literature
  • English Seminar
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

Departmental Courses

  • Linguistics
  • Survey of American Literature I & II
  • Survey of British Literature I & II
  • Writing for English Studies
  • Literacy Studies
  • Literary Theory
  • Advanced Composition
  • English Capstone

Literature Concentration

  • Shakespeare
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Major Authors
  • Film as Literature OR Literary Genre: Form, Style, and Purpose
  • Diverse Voices

Writing Concentration

  • Writing for Business
  • Introduction to Technical Writing
  • Advanced Creative Writing
  • The Teaching of Writing

Select one of the following:

  • New Media
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Visual Culture and Rhetoric

Teaching Concentration

  • Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • Diverse Voices
  • Shakespeare
  • The Teaching of Writing
  • Secondary Student Teaching

For detailed course descriptions, please see the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

In this world of information overload, the communication skills you gain from a degree in English are critical. English majors from Grand View find careers in:

  • communication
  • electronic media
  • public relations
  • technical writing
  • publication
  • human resources
  • learning and development training
  • grant proposal writing
  • copy writing and editing
  • advertising
  • government
  • non-profits

Many of our graduates pursue further education in:

  • law
  • creative writing
  • library science
  • educational leadership
  • rhetoric and composition
  • literature
  • student affairs
  • English as a Second Language
Awards, Accomplishments and Scholarships

Cay Leytham-Powell, 2013, has published her article on the Angkor and Mayan civilizations in a peer-reviewed journal.  The full title of the article and name of the journal is below.  She wrote it for a GV class and then polished it up for publication in Advanced Comp last fall.  

Cleo and Wilber Williamson Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Three awards are given annually to two English majors (writing or literature tracks) and one Secondary English Education major.  Students are chosen based on three criteria: GPA, dedication to their studies, and their connection to the English major and department.  Awards are usually $1000 per student.

Honor Societies & Professional Organizations

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

The Society strives to:

  • Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
  • Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
  • Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
  • Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; 
  • Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
  • Serve society by fostering literacy.

With over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Monthly meetings are set each month and students are invited to come and check out what we have to offer.  Sigma Tau Delta has joined Viking Council, giving us the ability to offer a wider array of functions and activities to our English majors who are interested.


Society for Technical Communication

The STC Iowa chapter supports technical communicators by offering programs and workshops that provide information and training on topics, skills and trends that affect our profession now and in the future. A technical communicator is someone who is involved in content development, delivery and publication; for example, technical writers, illustrators, project managers, Web designers, Web masters, instructional designers, marketing writers, information architects, and usability professionals.

You do not need to be a member of STC Iowa to attend our events. As a member, however, you have access to all the benefits offered through STC, as well as discounted fees to STC Iowa.

STC Iowa is a great place to network and collaborate with peers. We welcome volunteers to join our committees and urge members to consider joining the Council. As a volunteer and Council member, you meet a lot of new people and have the opportunity to enhance and learn new skills. Most importantly, you bring new ideas and experiences, which contribute to STC providing quality events and assistance to technical communicators.

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For more information about Grand View’s involvement, contact Dr. Therese Judge at tjudge@grandview.edu

Association for Women in Communication

The Association for Women in Communication (AWC) is for women interested in careers in communication and in networking opportunities.  The AWC is a professional organization that has worked for the advancement of women in all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.  Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Cottrill (bcottrill@grandview.edu) for more information.


Bifrost Literary Magazine

Bifrost (pronounced Bee-Frost) is the yearly undergraduate literary journal that is published each spring.  Since 2002, the journal has been publishing the best work of artists, photographers, and writers at Grand View University.  The color magazine boasts 64 pages of art, photos, and writing.  Any current Grand View student is eligible to submit his or her work.  Two entries are accepted per category.  The magazine is funded by the Student Publication Fund.  An English major typically serves as editor each year.

Bifrost 2013

For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Brooke at pbrooke@grandview.edu .

English Alumni

Our Graduates Work

  • As Teachers in Secondary Education (Janet Wacht, Michelle McPherson, Jessica Mickey, Tracy Haugh, Jessica Wahlert, Penny Sprig, Amanda Bush, Leah Mertz, Elvira Mehic, etc.)
  • As Teachers Abroad (Jarrod Feld and Laura Fuller)
  • As State Workers (Dan Burns)
  • As Staff Professionals at Academic Success Centers (Terri West)
  • As Writers (Jennifer Lippold and Monica Gillen)
  • As Professional Tutors (Jamie Crouse)
  • As Technical Writers (Brenda Chambers and Lesley Stover)
  • As Journalists/Freelancers (Monica Gillen)
  • As Librarians (Jim Boyd and Brianna Glenn)
  • As Victims Advocates for Department of Justice (Kim Hughes)
  • As Grant Writers (Alicia Logsdon/Sauer)
  • As Student Life Staff (Ashlee Cooper)
  • As Closed Captioners (Jenny Peterson)

Our Graduates Attended Graduate School

  • in Law (Mindy Schmacker)
  • in Professional and Technical Writing (Charlene Summers, Ph.D. and Miranda White, M.A.)
  • in Creative Writing (Mindy Schmacker, Dan Pinkerton, and Melinda Johnson)
  • in Literature (Kacey Barrow, M.A.; Seeta Mangra, M.A.; Linda Parker, M.A.; Jennifer Eimers Ph.D.)
  • in Architecture (Dan Pinkerton)
  • in Social Work (Jenny Peterson)
  • in Library Science (Jim Boyd)
  • in College Student Personnel (Jason Tomlinson)
  • in Education Leadership and Policy Studies (Ashlee Cooper)
  • in ESL (Lynn Treangen and Laura Fuller)
Writing Center

The Writing Center hires peer tutors (fellow students who are interested in and good at writing) to work with all students regardless of their areas of study.  The tutors' goals are to help students improve their writing skills and help them improve their grades on writing assignments: they are not people who will proofread your work for you.

The English Department administers the Writing Center, located in the Rasmussen Center, Room 205.  For more information, please click here.  (If you are a current student, you'll find the Writing Center online site here.

Reference Documents

Recommended Program of Study (POS)
The faculty of the English Department has carefully planned your sequence of courses.  However, we also understand that each student has different needs.  These different needs may cause you to follow a slightly different path to your degree than what appears below.  What we provide here is a POS for your Grand View experience, including the courses you take that are outside the English Department.

Program of Study

2017-18 Requirements

English Major

English Minor

2015-16 Requirements

English Major

English Minor

2014-15 Requirements

English Major

English Minor

2013-14 Requirements

English Major

English Minor

Women's Studies Minor

2012-13 Requirements

English Major

English Minor

Women's Studies Minor

2010-12 Requirements

English Major

English Minor

Program Development and Evaluation Certificate

Women's Studies Minor